Friday April 7th


Introduction and keynote

Room B12

Keynote and keynote speaker:

Touching for knowing

Professor Edouard Gentaz, University of Geneva


FIKA: Coffee and networking at the exhibition



Three parallel sessions:

Session 9. Braille and literacy

Room B12

9:1 Developing decoding skills and fluency in braille reading. Anders Rönnbäck and Kia Johansson, National Agency of Special Needs Education and Schools in Sweden

9:2 Braille reading technique: How to increase the speed of Braille reading. Gyntha Goertz, Royal Dutch Visio

9:3 Reading speed and comprehension in braille. Luis Gonzalez-García Ph.D, The National Organisation of the Spanish Blind

9:4 iBraille Challenge App: Technology & Fun for Students Who Use Braille Frances. Mary D’Andrea Ph.D, Carolina Central University

Session 10. Tactile picture books

Room C58

10:1 Tactile Books: From the Ground Up Including Two Paradoxes. Philippe Claudet, Les Doigts Qui Rêvent

10:2 The Tactile Picture Book Project: Opportunities for Design, Customization, and Access to Tactile Picture Books Through Digital Fabrication and Broadscale Community Engagement. Abigale Stangl, University of Colorado

10:3 Tactile illustrations improve interactive reading. Colette Pelt, Picture Books Plus

10:4 Tactile Semiotic Code in Tactile Picture Book Dr. Aksinja Kermauner, University of Primorska

Session 11. Design for inclusion

Room C10

11:1 Tactile symbols and schedules: Enhancing activity and observing the use of tactile schedules. Gro Aasen Ph.D, Statped

11:2 Achieving inclusion among children with and without vision impairment - Reach & Match Fun for All. Mandy Lau MDes, Reach & Match

11:3 Inclusive Literacy: A new method for braille literacy. Elena Gastón, National organisation of the Spanish blind

11:4 Inclusive Tactile Design: Designing with braille and tactile graphics. Ann M. Conefrey, independent graphic designer





Three parallel sessions:

Sessioin 12. Braille reading development

Room B12

12:1 Reading development for six students with blindness or severe visual impairment. Kim de Verdier, National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools

12:2 In the borderland - Why is it important for partially sighted children to learn Braille? Ann Jönsson, The Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired

12:3 Writing System or Code? -a Potential Disconnect Between Braille Readers and Teachers. Dr. Robert Englebretson, Rice University

12:4 Dedicon Math Notation: Is a Braille Code indispensable? Dorine in ‘t Veld, Dedicon

Session 13. Development of tactual understanding

Room C58

13:1 Conquering Complexity: Student Strategy Use to Understand Tactile Graphics. Ass. Professor Kim T. Zebehazy, University of British Columbia

13:2 Accessing Tactile Graphics: Evaluating the Use of Variable Height. Richa Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

13:3 Optimizing tactile images and maps for learning materials. Riitta Kangasaho and Tuija Piili-Jokinen, Valteri Center for Learning and Consulting

13:4 "Art does not have to be visual” - Students with visual impairment and their art teachers about motivation in art, Anneli Embe, National agency for Special Needs Education and Schools in Sweden

Session 14. Tactile graphics

Room C10

14:1 Recognizability of tactile graphics: Evidence from analysis of drawings made by learners with a visual impairment from different cultural backgrounds. Bogusław Marek Ph.D, Order of the British Empire

14:2 Tactile images: production, dissemination, pedagogy. Hoëlle Corvest, DUGTA Association

14:3 Tactile images –project results ‘Discover your world’. Thessa Stevenson-Doosje, Bartiméus school

14:4 Inclusive Design of Tactile Story Graphics and Objects: Engaging Blind People to Write their Own Story, and Design Their Own Tactile Graphics. Abigale Stangl and Ann Cunningham


FIKA: Coffee and networking at the exhibition



Final session

Room B12


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